365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley
365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley is a feature-length documentary will explore the community that is and surrounds Penn State as it seeks to move on past the events that shattered the happy-go-lucky community of State College.
365 Days in not an analysis of innocence or guilt, fair or unfair. It is a look into the science of how perfectly reasonable human beings are capable of being unreasonable to the point of carelessness. The film walks away from absolutes and seeks to understand why we allow ourselves to be conformists, why we follow the unreasoned thought, why we join cults and commit ourselves to a destructive path, even when we are conscious of doing so. The film uses a study on human conformity as its framework and, in an effort to draw a wider range of viewers, takes a critical look at when and how the ‘herd mentality’ is commonly formed and destroyed.
All the while, the film watches Happy Valley and the town of State College for the period of one year, beginning with the kickoff of the 2012 football season, watching the town and its people embrace the best qualities of the human spirit. In the end, the film aims to show how people from all backgrounds, galvanized by tragic events, can do great things.
The film will be premiered Christmas Day, 2013, in State College and across Pennsylvania.
We’re thrilled there are so many ways for you to get involved during the year – from liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, signing up for email updates, or donating money to help fund the project. We encourage you to engage with the film in every way you can as it develops into the true story of the State College community.